Defining Victory

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Luke 14:28

Defining victory is the key to success. As the clearest example think of the two Gulf Wars and the two George Bush presidencies. During the first encounter with Iraq our nation was given a straightforward goal: Get Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait – it lasted six months. Saddam Hussein left Kuwait permanently and the Kuwaiti people became our friends. The second Gulf war had a the fuzzy goal of nation rebuilding and has now dragged on through decades with questionable results. The current protests about racism police violence and the terrible murder of an innocent Black man in Minnesota ; sadly appear to be crossing the frontier between those two wars.

While Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil rights movement of the 60’s succeeded in attaining the voting rights act of 1964 – today’s protesters may not accomplish anything if they have no clear practical goal. Sadly racism will be with us along with all the other sins and failings of the human experience until the return of Jesus. Violence and destruction is unlikely to change a single heart.

But rather than giving up in frustration; we could redefine our victory one heart, one family and one neighborhood at a time. Jesus said that before we set out to do anything for God, we must count the cost to us personally. So instead of expecting victory because of what someone else should pay: why not bow in prayer tonight and ask God what we could accomplish in breaking through barriers of racial hatred by something that we are willing to sacrifice?

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